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Newbie_Glyn
Jul-15-2007 @ 6:08 PM                           Permalink
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Hi everyone.
Firstly what a marvellous resource of information this forum is. I had loads of questions but many have been answered by searching this forum. Any way may I please ask a few.
I am going for a mon-fri in a couple of weeks aboard Fine Gem from Richardsons.
1. Anyone got amy comments about Fine Gem.
2.How long will it take us to get to Ludham Bridge from Stalham, plan to overnight near Ludham and maybe eat at the Dog Inn that evening
3. Looking at other threads it seems the Dog Inn has new owners and may be worth a look - any comments.
4. Neatishead, We fancy a stop at Ye Olde Saddlery on our last evening. Is it easy to get a 45' boat up there, saw a thread where someone had great problems with a large boat.
5 Mud weight mooring. Is it ok to mud weight tucked in next to the river bank if there are no actual mooring posts.
6. One thing that concerns me is depths, I don't plan to go off the main drag but fancy mooring in a quiet edge and do a spot of fishing. Should I be concerned about depths on the main rivers.

Sorry for rambling on.
Hope you can help with some useful advice. I will probably be back with more questions later
Many Thanks
Glyn

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Jul-15-2007 @ 9:04 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Glyn

Well - here are my ideas on this:

1. Sorry - I don't know anything about Fine Gem
2. You can get from Stalham to Ludham Bridge in about an hour and a half. However, if you do, you will have missed out on some of the best bits of the Broads. the walks round How Hill are fantastic and Barton Broad is one of the best.
3. The Dog is just down the road from me but I have never been inside. However, I am not much of a user of pubs. It is supposed to be OK - I hear from others.
4. The dykes leading to Neatishead are a bit narrow, but they should not really be a problem even for a 45 ft boat.
5. If you moor next to a bank where there are no posts, you should use the rhond hooks provided with your boat. These are like metal hooks with a ring on the end and they will hold you boat to the bank. A mud weight is not suitable for use in the rivers as your boat will swing round it.
6. Depths are certainly not an issue anywhere at the moment. You will be fine in the main rivers. Some broads have deep channels marked by posts. Don't stray outside these.

Nigel
Ludham

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Jul-15-2007 @ 10:48 PM                           Permalink
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Nigel
Thanks for the reply and sound advice. We plan to do Barton Broad more extensively on the way back.
Looking at another thread regarding the Dog Inn , might give it a miss as its just being taken over. Plan B - make our way to Womack Water and try the Kings Arms Ludham.
Are there plenty of easy moorings at Womack, you know a novice in a 45' boat. I'll go slowly.
Thanks again
Glyn

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Hi Glyn

Add another hour or so to get to Womack Water.

There are various places to moor in Womack. The easiest place (and the cheapest) is in Womack Dyke. This is an alongside mooring against quay heading on the right hand bank shortly after you get into the dyke and before Hunter's Yard. To walk to the village continue along the bank on the right of Hunter's Yard and then walk along the road. Allow 10 to 15 mins.
Much nearer are the moorings at Womack Staithe. Continue down Womack Water almost as far as you can get. The public moorings are on the right. They are often crowded and are stern on, but people will help you and it is OK to make a bit of a mess of it. The £3 fee is used to maintain the facilities. This mooring is 2 -3 mins walk into the village.
By the way, you can moor at Ludham Bridge and walk into the village to visit the King's Arms. There is a footpath all the way. Allow 25 to 30 mins. Walk along the road with Ludham bridge Stores on your left at the end of the houses on the right, go behind the hedge and follow the field path parallel to the road but behind the hedge. At the end of the path continue along the road (it now has a pavement) into Ludham. Alternatively use Hall Common Rd and Staithe Rd (look on Google maps).

Hope this helps.

Nigel
Ludham

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Jul-16-2007 @ 9:12 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Glyn mate.
Welcome to the forum.
When we used to hire boats we have moored up along the bankside and tied up to Trees without ever stepping ashore,The Upper Ant is good for this,
Good Fishing as well.

roya

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Jul-16-2007 @ 10:19 AM                           Permalink
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Thanks again, most helpful information, Stern on eh.. can't wait !!!
Roya
Thanks for that. I was going to ask about tying to trees but thought it might be frowned upon.
Cheers
Glyn

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Hi Glyn again,

Just make sure you leave enough slack,on the bigger trees we tie round the branches,bit of an effort but we then put the mudweight in the middle
on the river facing side the boat ,just a simple knot to where the fenders hang on and that seems to keep you steady.

saying that some boatyards wiil give you an extra mudweight if you ask so you can have one front and back
just make sure the blunt end one is pulled up before starting the engine.
Then on calm nights you dont even have to tie up to the trees.
Upper reaches only though less tide effects.

roya

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Jul-17-2007 @ 5:42 PM                           Permalink
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Thanks again Roya
Your assistance is appreciated, now just hope the weather improves although next week is not looking too good on the long range.
Glyn


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